Looking for fun this summer and fall? Known as the Festival Capital of Florida, Daytona Beach hosts an array of year-round events, including world-famous Speedweeks, Bike Week, Summer Vacation and so much more.
Daytona Beach Downtown Farmers’ Market: This popular market, open weekly from 7 am to 1 pm on City Island, has been offering fresh and organic fruits and vegetables, baked goods and seafood since 1978. 105 E. Orange Ave., 386.671.8189
Movies on the Halifax: Each First Friday of the month guests enjoy a free movie screened under the stars in Rockefeller Gardens of the historic Casements. 5 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach, 386.676.3216, www.thecasements.net
All Summer Long
Free Bandshell Sunmer Concert Series: Daytona Beach’s historic Bandshell’s free concert line-up features a series of tribute bands, from Pink Floyd to Billy Joel and from Fleetwood Mac to The Beatles, performing Saturday nights through mid-September. Come early to enjoy the Ocean Walk Village and Shoppes, stroll the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier and settle in for a musical night, closing with fireworks over the Atlantic Ocean. 70 Boardwalk, 386.947.8007, www.friendsofthebandshell.org
Daytona Tortugas Baseball Season: Take in some minor-league baseball May through September at historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark on City Island. Get a stunning, panoramic view of the Intracoastal Waterway, the beachside and historic downtown Daytona Beach. After the game, sit back and enjoy the fireworks show. 105 Orange Ave., 386.257.3172, daytonatortugas.com
The Great American Music Fest at Daytona: Join country music superstars Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Brooks & Dunn, Kid Rock and more for the inaugural Country 500 at the Daytona International Speedway. 1801 International Speedway, 800.748.7467, www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com
June 30-July 1
Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca Cola Weekend: Don’t miss the great NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the nation’s largest fireworks show. Be a part of the event that's produced some of the most dramatic moments in racing history. Drivers race 400 miles, 160 laps under the lights to the finish, followed by the largest fireworks show in the Southeast. At $10 a ticket for the kiddos, it’s the perfect way to spend a summer night with the family. 1801 International Speedway, 800.748.7467, www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com
Shriner's Imperial Session: With one of the largest conventions to be held in Daytona Beach comes a variety of fun activities, many of which are open to the public such as a parade, music, fireworks, motorcycle competition and a Fab Four Tribute Band. www.daytonabeach.com.
Fire and Ice, Chili and Ice Cream: Feast on delicious chili and freshly made ice cream at the Pioneer Art Settlement and enjoy live music during the regular First Saturday Jam. 1776 Lightfoot Lane, Barberville, www.pioneersettlement.org
Daytona Blues Festival: Enjoy this charity-minded, weekend-long Blues music festival featuring nearly 20 performing artists. Held at historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach, craft beer and food will be available for purchase. 105 E. Orange Ave., 386.846.7302, www.daytonabluesfestival.com
Biketoberfest Motorcycle Festival and Rally: Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world come to Daytona Beach every fall for motorcycle races, charity rides, street festivals and expos. The event takes place at various locations throughout the Daytona Beach area. Various locations, 386.255.0415, www.biketoberfest.org
10th Annual Craft Beer, BBQ Festival & Dream Cruise Car Show: Come see your favorite specialty cars and trucks in downtown Daytona Beach during a free, three-day event. Cars will be displayed alongside the Halifax River in scenic Riverfront Park on Friday and Saturday, and at the Halifax Harbor Marina’s Blue Grotto on Sunday. Special activities include a free car-themed movie in the park Friday night. www.daytonabeachdreamcruise.com
Halifax Art Festival: Set in historic downtown Daytona Beach on the scenic Halifax River, this two-day professionally juried and judged art show attracts more than 200 artists from throughout the United States. It also features music, food, entertainment and special activities for children. Historic Downtown Riverfront Park, 386.255.0285, www.halifaxartfestival.com
40th Annual Greek Festival: St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church hosts one of Daytona Beach's most attended and enjoyed celebrations with authentic food, dance and music. 129 N. Halifax Ave, 386.252.6012, www.stdemetriosdaytona.org
DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts: Woodland Boulevard blossoms into an artist's garden of color as this nearby quaint town hosts its ever-popular art show. Over 180 juried national artists will display and sell artwork in mediums including paint, glass, sculpture, jewelry, leather, photography, printmaking, wood, ceramics and fiber. 100 N. Woodland Blvd., 386.738.5705, www.delandfallfestival.com
Annual Daytona Turkey Run: The largest classic car show in the United States features 6,000 classic cars, a massive swap meet and car corral, handcrafted arts and fashion all in Daytona International Speedway’s famous infield. 1801 International Speedway, 800.748.7467, www.turkeyrun.com
Riverfront Fridays & Cinematique Under the Stars: Each fourth Friday features an array of activities that includes live music at Zappi’s Italian Garden and dozens of arts, crafts and food vendors along historic Beach Street and in Riverfront Park in downtown Daytona Beach. Enjoy open-air shopping, wine tastings, original art and dining specials, then bring a cozy blanket or a chair for the feature film. www.cinematique.com
A December to Remember: Head down the beautiful Atlantic Ocean and get into the Christmas spirit with Santa visits, a holiday craft show, sand trail, pet weekend, tribute bands and more at the Bandshell. 70 Boardwalk, www.daytonabeach.com
About the Daytona Beach Area
Discover the new Daytona Beach and its surrounding area, a resurging destination along Florida’s East Coast comprising eight distinct communities. Recognized worldwide for its annual events including Bike Week, Biketoberfest®, the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Daytona 500, Daytona Beach’s famed heritage also claims the headquarters of LPGA and NASCAR -- and is home to Daytona International Speedway, the ‘World Center of Racing.’ With more than 15,000 beds, the destination boasts accommodations for all lifestyles and budgets including resorts, B&Bs, hotels and everything in between. Visitors can enjoy the quintessential vacation experience beginning with the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier, or choose from a surprising list of attractions and cultural venues and a colorful culinary scene. With 23 miles of world-famous beaches ideal for shelling, swimming and surfing, it is no surprise Daytona Beach was chosen as a Best Florida Attraction and Best Spring Family Break Beach Destination in the Top 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel award contests sponsored by USA TODAY.